DCALTA says its framework addresses the key implementation challenge identified by plan sponsors: operational aspects of daily valuation of private alternative assets that do not trade on an exchange.
Charles Schwab releases variable annuity options; Vanguard announces plans to launch ultra-short bond ETF; and Annexus Retirement Solutions releases Lifetime Income Builder.
The feature comes at a time when administering multiple plans at once can be a confusing process for employers with little knowledge of the retirement industry.
Sales of new plans are expected to decline throughout the rest of 2020, with small plans affected the most.
An Information Letter addresses private equity investments as a component of a professionally managed asset allocation fund and outlines what plan fiduciaries should consider.
Long-duration private debt can be used for hedging liabilities, and other alternative investments may be used for enhancing risk-adjusted returns, a report from Cerulli Associates explains.
A research report argues that even defined contribution (DC) plan participants in plans with a default investment do not have the financial acumen to know whether the default is right for them or whether they should opt out.
PLANSPONSOR’s 2018 Defined Contribution Survey found many start-up plans have not yet adopted plan design best practices and many are unsure about fees, but fortunately, nearly two-thirds employ the services of a retirement plan adviser or institutional investment consultant.
IFEBP looks at how emotional, social and cognitive factors can be used to help participants better prepare for retirement and suggests 10 ways sponsors can employ behavioral finance in their retirement plan.
Cerulli believes managed accounts will continue to gather assets as a customized solution for a targeted cohort of a plan’s overall participant population, as well as address decumulation and financial wellness concerns.
According to a Cerulli report, fee sensitivity, concerns about performance and regulatory confusion are headwinds to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment adoption in defined contribution (DC) plans.
A Vanguard study focusing on non-highly compensated employee (NHCE) behavior finds higher match thresholds are typically associated with lower plan participation and lower employee contribution rates.
In the first three quarters of 2018, only 2.2% of participant stopped contributing to their plans, ICI data shows.
With participants not panicking in Q4 2018 and the longer term trends resulting from automatic plan features, Fidelity Investments finds an overall improvement in average participant savings and account balances.
Notably, more than 60% of employers want to keep retirees in their plan, and they are looking to change their targeted communications to inspire action, Alight Solutions found.
Ten percent more employers than in 2016 that offer retirement programs are measuring the financial readiness of employees to retire, a survey found.
Leading distributors are consolidating assets, and new groups are growing in influence.